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IN BRIEF - Mr. Mitani becomes president of Toyo Reizo

JAPAN
Monday, June 24, 2024

Former President of Sanyo Foods

On the 21st, Toyo Reizo (Koto-ku, Tokyo) announced that Executive Officer Yasuo Mitani (former president of Sanyo Foods) was appointed as President and Representative Director in charge of internal control and audits on the 20th. He was appointed at the general shareholders' meeting and board of directors meeting held on the same day.

Yasuo Mitani (Mitani Yasuo) was appointed as the salmon and trout team leader of the Mitsubishi Corporation Fisheries Department in March 2015. In April 2016, when the salmon and trout division was established, he became the processing and sales team leader of the same department. He has been the president and representative director of Sanyo Foods since June 2017. [...]

Source: Minato-Yamaguchi (translated from original in Japanese)


IN BRIEF - Whale meat manufacturer Maruko Shoji files for bankruptcy

JAPAN
Monday, July 22, 2024

Sales of whale meat products slump in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

Maruko Shoji files for bankruptcy; sales of whale meat products slump in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi [Shimonoseki] Maruko Shoji (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, President Masaru Furuta), which manufactures and sells whale products, filed for bankruptcy on the 19th at the Shimonoseki branch of the Yamaguchi District Court. 

The company was unable to improve its debt situation and decided to give up on continuing its business. The company also entrusts the storage of its products to a refrigerated warehouse owned by the company and notified the depository in writing on the same day.[...]

Source: Minato-Yamaguchi (translated from original in Japanese)


IN BRIEF - Public Voting Opens for the MSC UK Product of the Year Award

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, July 22, 2024

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s most recognised ecolabel for sustainable seafood which can be seen on everything from tinned fish to tuna steaks, is excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the MSC UK Product of the Year Award at this year’s MSC and ASC UK Awards will be judged exclusively by a public vote.

All voters will be in with the chance of winning a paddleboard from B-Corp certified Red as a first prize, as well as either a £200 or £100 voucher for Cornish-based clothing company Finisterre, as second and third prizes.

Voting is now open until the end of the day on Friday 30st August. To participate, voters must visit https://www.msc.org/uk/awards/product-of-the-year-2024 for their chance to help crown the winner.

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation which sets globally recognised, science-based standards for sustainable fishing and assurance in the seafood supply chain. The annual MSC UK Awards are held to celebrate excellence in sustainable fishing and seafood across the United Kingdom. Up until 2024, the MSC UK Product of the Year category has been judged by an expert panel of representatives from across the seafood sector. The new public vote will directly engage consumers, highlighting the wealth and diversity of sust


IN BRIEF - TN: 29 women faint due to ammonia gas leak at private fish plant

INDIA
Monday, July 22, 2024

Thootukudi: 29 women, including five from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu and 16 female employees from Odisha State, fainted due to an alleged ammonia gas leak in a private fish processing plant on Friday.

PHOTO: newindianexpress

The private fish processing and exporting company is located in the Pudoor Pandiya Puram area of Thoothukudi where more than 500 women from different parts of Tamil Nadu and other states work.

In this case, an ammonia gas cylinder exploded due to an electrical accident in the plant, due to which ammonia gas spread throughout the fish processing plant, five women from the Kumbakonam area of Tamil Nadu and 16 women from Odisha state who were working there, fainted.

People experienced suffocation and eye irritation and fainted. Following this, more than 29 female employees were admitted to two private hospitals in Thoothukudi, namely AVM Hospital and Rajesh Tilak Hospital and Arulraj Hospital, by Nila See Put Company vehicles and ambulances.

Thalamuthu Nagar police are investigating the incident. Further details are awaited.


IN BRIEF - NOAA RECOMMENDS $18 MILLION FOR YUROK TRIBE-LED RESTORATION PROJECT

UNITED STATES
Monday, July 22, 2024

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience program announced that it is recommending $18 million in funding for a Yurok Tribe-led project to restore critically important segments of multiple upper Klamath River tributaries following the removal of four dams.

“This collaborative project seeks to complement and significantly expand upon ongoing work to rebuild Klamath salmon stocks post dam removal,” said Frankie Myers, the Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We have always said that large-scale restoration needs to accompany dam removal to bring our fish runs back from the brink. We sincerely thank NOAA for proposing this pivotal investment in the Klamath Basin.”

If funded, the four-year project will create approximately 150 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat in up to five heavily altered cold-water tributaries between Jenny Creek in California and Spencer Creek in Oregon. The Klamath tributaries slated for restoration once sustained substantial salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey populations prior to the dams. Special attention will be paid to Shovel Creek because it historically supported the largest quantity of these culturally and ecologically invaluable fish species.


IN BRIEF - Economic Watch: Air routes boost foreign trade of China's mountainous province

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Monday, July 22, 2024

GUIYANG, July 21 (Xinhua) -- With the launch of a new cargo route linking Guiyang and Moscow earlier this month, the number of international cargo routes connected to southwest China's Guizhou Province has reached four. This expansion is creating a more efficient and convenient air passage for trade.

Guizhou is known for its mountainous landscapes in China, which poses challenges for road and rail transportation, necessitating the need to develop air traffic.

Guizhou Shuanglong Airport Economic Zone, with Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport as its core, was established in 2014. Besides the newly-opened route, it also operates the other three freight lines linking the provincial capital with India's Kolkata and Delhi, as well as Karachi in Pakistan.

Loaded with Russian seafood products such as snow crabs, king crabs, and sea urchins, the IL-76 cargo plane departed Moscow for Guiyang on July 13, and returned with 40 tonnes of Chinese goods, mainly electronic products.

The route is currently customized according to the market. But the operator said that if the operation is well received, the round flights will become regular starting from September, which will drive Guizhou's annual import and export trade volume to around 3 billion yuan (about 420.7 million U.S. dollars), with a cargo throughput of around 15,000 tonnes.


IN BRIEF - Globefish: 'Cod farming seems to be on the way up again'

NORWAY
Sunday, July 21, 2024

Norwegian production of farmed cod reached 12 000 tonnes in 2023, and is expected to increase to 14 000 tonnes in 2024. Although these are still very modest volumes, they are an indication that in the future, farmed cod may replace some of the volumes lost by reduced quotas in the Barents Sea.

However, some of the cod farmers are even more optimistic. One farmer said he expects the 2024 volume to reach 20 000 tonnes, and by 2028, his company alone will produce 28 000 tonnes a year. There have been a lot of technological, biological and genetic improvements since Norway embarked on cod farming in the early 2000s. Production costs have been cut considerably, and production time is shorter.

Farmed cod can now be grown to 4 kg in 18 months in the sea, and year-round production is possible. Thus, farmers would be able to supply fresh cod all through the year, while the wild catch in Norway peaks during the period from February through March. Most of the farmed cod would go for exports as fresh fish destined for the high-end restaurant market.

There are challenges, though. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has stopped processing all new applications for cod farming licences while it assesses how cod farming might be affecting the wild populations. Investors have been taken by surprise, and nobody knows when applications will be processed again.

Source: Globefish/FAO


IN BRIEF - More than 250 containers of Honduran shrimp will be exported to China

HONDURAS
Friday, July 19, 2024

Congressman Luis Ortega, who chairs the Special Commission on Shrimp and Lobsters of the National Congress, reported this Monday that shrimp producers in the southern zone are preparing the first containers that will leave this week for the People's Republic of China.

“Thanks to the government of the Republic and the push of President Luis Redondo, on Thursday the first two containers from the Camarones del Sur company (Camasur) will leave,” said Ortega.

The deputy pointed out that after continuous work together with the shrimp associations of the south, it has been possible to open the trade of Honduran shrimp to the Asian country.

In addition to this shipment, at the end of July, another 250 containers of shrimp grown in the southern part of Honduras will also be exported to the Chinese market.

The commitment of the National Congress is to support producers to reach new horizons of export and economic development of the national shrimp sector, he reiterated.

The official deputy stated that, as part of the actions to strengthen this industry, when the legislative sessions resume, they hope to approve the Early Harvest Agreement.

The Early Harvest Agreement was signed by the governments of Honduras and the People's Republic of China, with the objective of strengthening bilateral trade and economic cooperation between both nations.

Source: Hondudiario


IN BRIEF - The Port of Cartagena hosts an exhibition on fishing and aquaculture sustainability

SPAIN
Friday, July 19, 2024

The Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, with the collaboration of the Port Authority of Cartagena, has inaugurated in the Port of Cartagena the exhibition “Seven years of projects to promote the sustainability of fishing and aquaculture”, a photographic tour that shows the main results of the Pleamar Program projects corresponding to the period 2014-2020.

CARTAGENA. This exhibition, which is located on the promenade next to the Heroes of Cavite monument and can be visited until the end of August, aims to bring to the public the important results and advances made in terms of preserving marine ecosystems and promoting sustainability. fishing and aquaculture, thanks to co-financing from European Funds.

The traveling exhibition, which is co-financed by the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), has four information panels and around twenty images, which highlight the importance of the fishing and aquaculture sectors in the conservation of ecosystems. marine and as engines of the blue economy.


IN BRIEF - PRODUCE granted more than S/8.9 million in loans to artisanal fishermen and aquaculture farmers in the first half of 2024

PERU
Friday, July 19, 2024

With the purpose of contributing to the improvement of the productivity of artisanal fishermen and aquaculturists AREL (Limited Resource Aquaculture) and AMYPE (Micro and Small Enterprise Aquaculture), the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), through the National Fund of Fisheries Development (FONDEPES), granted more than S/8.9 million supervised credits during the first half of 2024.

The Minister of Production, Sergio González Guerrero, explained that, of this amount, more than S/4.8 million was allocated to artisanal fishermen and close to S/4.1 million to aquaculture producers.

“During the first half of the year, supervised loans have been granted in 23 regions of the country, including Callao. In the artisanal fishing sector, the regions of Arequipa and Ica stood out as the main recipients of financing, promoting local development and sustainability of fishing activities. On the other hand, in aquaculture, the regions of Puno and San Martín positioned themselves as leaders in credit placements, reflecting their growing importance in aquaculture production,said González Guerrero.

In addition, the minister highlighted that in June alone more than S/2.5 million was placed nationwide. “This figure was driven by the high awards in regions such as Piura, Puno, Ica and Junín, which demonstrates the Government's commitment to the sustainable development of artisanal fishing and aquaculture throughout the country,” he stressed.

Source: gob.pe


IN BRIEF - The video of 'Far Eastern Pollock' is gaining popularity on the internet for Fishermen's Day

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, July 19, 2024

Last Sunday, July 14, Russia celebrated one of the most popular holidays and the main professional holiday for all representatives of the Russian fishing industry – Fisherman's Day. In honor of this important event, the Pollock Catchers Association, as part of the Far Eastern Pollock program, released a video about the extraction of the country's main commercial resource. About 1 million Russians watched it in one day.

The footage for the spectacular video on the pollock fishery was filmed in the Bering Sea, the second most important fishing area, where more than 600 thousand tons are caught. The video on the platforms of the Far Eastern Pollock brand - the website and social networks - was released at night in the Far East on Fisherman's Day, which has been celebrated on the second Sunday of July for fifty-nine years. Thus, the Pollock Catchers Association not only congratulated representatives of the fishing industry on their professional holiday but also showed Russians that pollock appears on their tables thanks to the hard work of 30,000 fishermen in the Far East.


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